LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two of the more dominating forces on the Lufkin Panther defensive squad will be playing with each other for a few more years..
Javasia Brunson and Breylon Garcia will both be heading to the University of Nevada to join the Wolfpack program in Reno.
“We are a good duo together so we wanted to stay together,” Garcia said. “We grew up together. We know everything about each other. We are brothers.”
In their senior year of football, both players received first-team defense of honors for district 8-5A.
“We are ready for this,” Brunson said. “The game speed is going to be a little faster but Coach has prepared us for the speed so we should be fine.”
The two are sure to be a force for the Wolfpack in the Mountain West conference. This past season, Nevada finished 7-5 overall with a 5-3 conference record. Lufkin Head Coach Todd Quick knows Nevada will be a great fit for the school. He believes the two will be able to become playmakers and help the program at Nevada grow to be a conference contender in their time there.
The key for Quick is to now work on finding the next Brunso, Garcia and Carl Williams, who is expected to sign with a DI program in February. The three have been a force of defense this season.
“it will be tough,” quick said. We will not replace them. We will have three guys step in there and play hard. Very seldom do you have three that look like that all at one time."
The pair’s new team is set to play Arkansas State University in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29.